Local community helps raise more than £44,000 at Moonlight Ball

Local businesses and supporters have once again helped to raise tens of thousands of pounds for sick children in the Highlands.

More than 200 people packed the Kingsmills Hotel on Friday 8th November, for our annual Moonlight Ball.

Organised by our Highland Fundraising Board, the evening proved a huge success. Not only did the guests enjoy an evening of food and entertainment, we raised a phenomenal sum exceeding £44,000.

Picture by Gordon Bain

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to each and every person who made the night so special, including our main sponsor Tulloch Homes and The Kingsmills Group, Munro & Noble, Home Farm Cottages, The Eastgate Centre, Highland Copiers and Dynamic Edge.

A special mention also goes to The Henderson Group. They are keen supporters of ARCHIE and decided to do something special for the dedicated professionals who really help us make the difference by inviting NHS staff from the Highland Children’s Unit to enjoy the evening. The group made the night even more special and we are so pleased they enjoyed themselves.

Chic Henderson (centre) with staff from the Highland Children’s Unit. Picture by Gordon Bain

Chair of the Highland Fundraising Board Mary Nimmo said: “What a fantastic evening. The Moonlight Ball is my favourite fundraising event of the year and it was a truly special night raising an incredible amount of money.

“The entertainment was second to none and it was just brilliant to have such a wide variety. From Rionnagan Roise Ross-shire Gaelic choir, the City of Inverness Pipe Band, Silver Service Singers to Torridon, each act kept us entertained and played a huge part in the night. Special thank you to Alex Fleming and Kenny Smith for helping us raise such an amazing total.

Mary Nimmo. Picture by Gordon Bain

“I was also delighted to see members of the Highland Children’s Unit enjoy themselves at our ball and make them a part of our ARCHIE gathering. They carry out an incredible job to help the children so we were thrilled some of the team were able to join us, courtesy of the incredible generosity of The Henderson Group.

“Finally, a huge thank you goes to the rest of the Highland Fundraising Board and ARCHIE fundraiser Dawn for the tireless work they do throughout the year to make the lives of sick children in hospital that little bit better and ensuring our dedicated NHS staff have the resources they need to carry out their vital work.”

Check out more pictures from the night on our Facebook page.